Cancer Council Queensland has just released a report detailing the Sunshine State’s melanoma hotspots.
The highest incidences of skin cancer in Queensland occurs in South West Queensland with 76 people per 100,000 diagnosed every year. The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are also melanoma hotspots with 71 people per 100,000 and 70 per 100, 000 respectively.
Brisbane is not far behind, with 68 people per 100,000 or roughly 1176 people being diagnosed each year.
The report, titled Atlas of Cancer in Queensland, shows that coastal populations have higher rates of melanoma than those who live in rural areas.
Spokesperson for the Cancer Council Queensland, Katie Clift, says Queenslanders love of the outdoors increases our risk of skin cancer.
“Typically, people may expect to see higher skin cancer rates in coastal areas, with Queenslanders opting for outdoor lifestyles at beaches, rivers and national parks,” she says.
Worldwide, Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer. Each year, over 3.000 melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed.
Clift encourages all Queenslanders to get to regular skin checks, as early detection is key to fighting the disease.
“Early detection is vital in improving survival rates. It is imperative that Queenslanders get to know their own skin – if you notice a new spot or lesion, or a spot or lesion change in shape, colour or size – visit your GP immediately,” she says.
Read below to find out the melanoma rate in your area.
Queensland Melanoma Hotspots
Far North Queensland
Around 153 people are diagnosed each year (61 per 100,000)
Around 160 people are diagnosed each year (67 per 100,000)
Around 120 people diagnosed each year (57 per 100,000)
Around 79 people diagnosed each year (60 per 100,000)
Around 165 people diagnosed each year (69 per 100,000)
Around 386 people diagnosed each year (71 per 100,000)
Around 1176 people diagnosed each year (68 per 100,000)
Around 460 people diagnosed each year (70 per 100,000)
South West Queensland
Around 275 people diagnosed with melanoma (76 per 100,000)